We don’t talk about Bruno…but

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Have you seen the Disney film Encanto yet? If not, why not? It’s brilliant!

Even if you haven’t watched it, you’ve probably heard at least one of the songs – ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ has topped the UK charts.

I promise no spoilers, but if you’re one of those who haven’t watched it yet, the song is essentially about the black sheep of the family, Bruno, who disappeared and who no-one speaks of – except, of course, everyone talks about him.

I want not a sound out of you

One of the reasons the song is so popular is that it reflects what happens in life – people love gossip and secrets, and the more people are told not to talk about something, the more it seems to happen. However, because it’s all whispers and hearsay, things get exaggerated, made to seem worse than they are and everyone gets worked up.

As the family Madrigal demonstrate in the song, even asking someone not to mention that forbidden subject causes discussion of the very same thing.

Why did I talk about Bruno?

It’s human nature to want to know things, and our natural curiosity and want to understand things has made us who we are, so when we’re told we’re not allowed to know something, we want to know.

In the absence of knowledge, we construct stories and theories which get shared and embellished, and before you know it, a whole new legend has been created.

So how can you avoid making a whole song and dance of things? Share information! Obviously, there are some things that need to be kept confidential, but if there’s a good reason behind the decisions you make and the actions you take, share it.

Not only will you stop the rumours flying around, but those around you will understand your reasoning and will be more likely to back you up. It might not make for such an exciting story, but everyone will be happier.

Here’s a little earworm for you…

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